This sculpture on the Public Art Trail at the Mauldin Cultural Center captures the theme of crossroads – both past and present. The Artist’s statement –
The theme of ‘Crossroads’ led me to research the history of the area and the origins of Mauldin. I discovered a map describing Mauldin’s historical borders drawn as a circle with a 1/2 mile radius centered on the original train depot. I became interested in this circular border and the crossroads formed by 107 [East Butler Road] intersecting with 276 & the railroad. The resulting shape I also found to resemble that of an impeller or a propeller, an object of great importance to the economy of Mauldin over the years. They were first found producing power from the river at nearby mills and then during WWII powering airplanes at [Donaldson Center] Air Force Base. The theme of crossroads thus led me from the roads and railway that first gave rise to Mauldin to the modern industry and development that encircles Mauldin and drives today’s economy. I added the curved, green beams to symbolize these dynamic forces that surround and connect Mauldin today. The grey beam I see as the railroad, still present, running straight through town and still working today.
This mural by Mauldin High senior Celine Crum is located on the wall of the Mauldin Cultural Center. It was inspired by Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night”, and is her service project for the Emerging Public Leaders Program at Furman University. It was painted in one day with help from student and community volunteers.
A group of Team Read, White & Blue works out next to Reedy View Drive by the Swamp Rabbit Trail. Team RWB consists of ” local opportunities for veterans and the community to connect through physical and social activity that include weekly fitness activities, monthly social events, and participation in local races.” GO TEAM!
The sculpture The Runner by Kathleen King along the Swamp Rabbit trail was officially dedicated last week. Runners regularly run past the sculpture “like the wind” down the trail.
There is an accompanying trailside marker that remembers Greenville Track Club member Darrell Jennewine, along with a bronzed pair of his last running shoes.
“The Runner” sculpture-lovingly dubbed “Ethyl” by her creators-celebrates the love of running. Origins of the name relate to “of the air” and running “like the wind.”
It is dedicated to the memory of Darrell Jennewine of the Greenville Track Club for his many contributions to the Greenville and Upstate running community. His last pair of running shoes are here under the bench. He as an “A+” for all of us who love running!
A giant bicycle on the roof symbolizes the growth of the “Swamp Rabbit Green” complex at Cedar Road and the Swamp Rabbit Trail. The cafe and grocery got a kickstart from trail users, but now the grocery also serves those who drive in for local and organic produce. The cafe is a favorite walking destination from Greenville for morning coffee or scone.
The entire facility also houses
Greenville Fitness and Rehab
Greenville Cycling & Multi-Sport
SRT Bike Shop
Which is quite a change from an empty industrial facility of 7 years ago.
Back in 2007 or 2008, I heard an interview on Walter Edgar’s Journal with the McCarrell sisters Joyce and Nancy, seen here. This was before the Swamp Rabbit Trail was built on an abandoned rail bed to connect the cities of Greenville and Travelers Rest by foot or bicycle. In the interview, they spoke of their vision to rebuild the former Williams Hardware store for thirsty and hungry travelers to get snacks or refill water bottles. Since then, the Cafe at Williams hardware has has become a full restaurant and gift shop. They provide their own touch of local hospitality, as can be seen in their entertaining cafe chats. The gift shop has a selection of items that have a local or South Carolina connection.
Although Travelers rest now has many restaurant choices The Cafe @ Williams Hardware is still one of my favorite stops after a long bike ride.
P.S. Although Walter Edgar’s Journal has show archives going back to 2008, the McCarrell sisters interview was earlier than what is available online.